Friday August-26 saw the TRU-finals-day at Fletcher’s Fields. U16 Arrows faced a tough Oshawa-Vikings team in the Premiership cup final. The CRU boys were keen to “show-their-stuff” but understandably had a few “butterflies” as they faced the kick-off. The game began at a high tempo. Both teams testing each other for any weakness. Fifteen minutes of nail-biting but scoreless action, showed both squads came with solid defences, and it was going to take something “special” to get a break-through. Crusaders backs took the initiative. Mitch White able to distribute with aplomb, from a solid platform, and fast-hands and excellent support-running, generated big territorial gains. And it was those “backs” that demonstrated how to ruck at the breakdowns out-wide, to re-cycle ball in good attacking positions. But Oshawa bravely held firm. After persistent play, the breakthrough eventually came, Adam Dellow trusting his speed, carving to the corner for the opening score. Jack Shaw added another shortly afterwards, converted by the ever-reliable boot of Carter Horan, who stroked over a penalty goal shortly before the half. Oshawa hit-back just before the break, capitalising on a quick tap-penalty and finding a gap in the normally resolute CRU defensive line. The game was “ON”
Second half saw the Arrows forwards step it up. Kaleb Delaney was immense. J-F St.Onge came off the bench with “fire-in-his-eyes” – adding some explosive breaks. Sam Mills came “alive” with a massive game of pick-and-go rugby. Excellent jackaling-skils and some sublime support/off-load play, kept momentum high for the Arrows. Kanishka Almeida joined into the back line with incisive pace, able to dot-down over the line. Aidan Muldoon showed his elusive mazy-skills, scoring what seemed an impossible try, dodging through a gaggle of defenders into the corner. Man-of-the-Match Jack Shaw rounded off the scoring after serving a 10 minute “rest” in the sin-bin, with a great break from halfway. Final score 32-7 was not a true reflection of the closeness of the match. Throughout the game the tension was palpable on the sidelines as Oshawa constantly looked to break-out, but the Cru boys stayed calm and “did-the-business”
An exemplary “team” performance – everyone working together to bring home the silver-wear.
Great job guys… And the reward is a spot in the Rugby-Ontario Provincial Champions play-off on Sunday…… Can’t wait…..